Soldier Sensed Danger and Averted it!
Arab Provoked IDF Response After Warning!
These are the kind of headlines we would hope to see in the media when an IDF soldier uses his judgment in making a split second decision. So many times a split second can make a difference between life and death.
Elor Azaria is on trial this week for "shooting dead a terrorist who had already been neutralized"; and the soldier from the Netzah Yehuda battalion who may go up on charges for "shooting a psychologically impaired Arab" who stormed-albeit unarmed-an IDF post outside Ofra, are innocent until proven guilty! http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/217074
Azaria maintains that he noticed a hand movement by the terrorist towards a bulge in his vest. He asserts that he believed the terrorist was attempting to detonate an explosive. A soldier must use hair-trigger judgment in deciding how to act. Unless proven otherwise, why would his own army question that judgment? Can you think of one other country where his decision would be put on trial?
As for the shooting outside Ofra, just last week we saw footage of an Arab man trying to provoke soldiers to shoot his son so Pallywood could create damning media footage. Who could have known whether that the Arab who continued to run towards the IDF post AFTER repeated warnings was armed with explosives, trying to create a Pallywood moment or just loony. What country would ask its soldiers to risk their lives and those of their fellow soldiers' waiting to be sure? At the moment, it appears this Haredi soldier is facing interrogation.
We applaud Defense Minister Liberman for his stance that Israel will remain a democratic country and treat it's citizens and soldiers as innocent until proven guilty.
Please let Minister Liberman know he has your support!